Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
A few weeks ago the Lord stopped me in my tracks.
He presented me with a truth that has profoundly influenced how I think about time and the way I approach my every-day schedule.
I was stuck in a rut. I was struggling to find time to read my Bible. I felt embarrassed every time I opened my journal to see only my notes from the weekend messages. To combat my embarrassment, I came up with lots of reasons as to why I wasn’t getting to my devotion time.
I would say, “well I’m not a morning person so getting up at 6AM to read my Bible won’t work for me.”
Or, “I just have so much homework…I need to get this done so I don’t have to be stressed.”
Or sometimes, “I’ll get to it. I just want to check Instagram real quick…”
Weeks went by and I kept finding myself thinking “Why is this so difficult? I have a real desire to be in the Scriptures daily and yet I can’t find anytime to make it happen.”
At the peak of my frustration with myself, Jesus gently brought me to this realization: Life is not going to get any less busy.
If I can’t “find the time” to read my Bible when I’m in college and working part time, how am I ever going to “find time” when I’m working full time? How am I going to “find time” when I’m married? How am I going to “find the time” when I have little ones? How am I going to “find the time” between all the holidays, birthdays, and celebrations?
Life is not going to get any less busy. In fact, it will probably only get busier. If I have the honest desire to be in the Scriptures daily, what am I going to do to make that happen?
This truth hit home hard.
I knew that having an active relationship with God absolutely requires being in the Word on a regular basis. I knew that having an active relationship with God is the top priority for me. So…I changed my approach to my daily schedule.
For the past nineteen days my devotion life with God has completely changed from what it was before. I’ve decided and declared to make sure I read a passage from the Bible every day. I set a reminder on my phone that goes off every day at noon, telling me it’s time to do my devotions. If possibly, I pause what I’m doing and a I read. I journal anything that stood out to me, puzzled me, or connected with me. And then I continue on with the rest of my plans for the day.
I’m very much a planner. I like to dream and have vision for my future. I have an idea of what I want my life to be like five years from now. Though it’s my idea of my future, it will not occur magically on it’s own. My future starts with today.
The habits I cultivate now will become the puzzle pieces that form my future. Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church puts it this way:
“Future you is not so mysterious. It’s current you—exaggerated.”
The beautiful thing about habits is that they can change! I was in the habit of not getting to my devotions every day. I didn’t like that habit, so I changed it. Now I’m in the habit of reading my Bible every day. And if I continue strengthening this habit, it will become so ingrained in my everyday life that I won’t think twice about it.
Consistency is the key.
“Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” – Psalm 86:1-5 NIV
If you feel stuck in a rut and you want to make changes, ask the Lord to help you start with the small things. He is more than willing to help you.